Communications data is a vital tool used to investigate crime, protect the public and safeguard national security.
Communications data is the who, where, when and how of a communication but not its content. It is a vital tool used to investigate crime, protect the public and safeguard national security.
Rapid changes in technology, and particularly the increasing availability and use of internet communications means that communications data is not always available to our intelligence and law enforcement agencies when it is needed.
Find out more about:
- legislation relating to communications data
- the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) (Amendment) Order 2015
- Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
- the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA)
- the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015
- Draft Communications Data Bill - Joint Committee report